A US$105,700 cheque to pay for 250 duty belts for Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF) officers was presented to Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, by Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency Tom Lee.
During the ceremony, Commissioner of Police, Ian Queeley, noted that the duty belt is a standard kit in every modern police force that offers greater safety and protection for on duty officers.
According to Commissioner Queeley, the first set of duty belts being secured through financing from the Government of Taiwan will first be outfitted to the junior ranks within the police force.
“The duty belts come equipped with level 3 holsters, designed to protect the officers from losing their firearms in the event of any encounter—it is a safety mechanism that is built in,” Queeley explained. “It comes equipped with the holster, baton, handcuff and case, OC [oleoresin capsicum] spray and case, and our communications device fits into it.”
In making his presentation to the prime minister, Ambassador Lee quoted the old proverb, ‘a friend in need is a friend indeed,’ to emphasize the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) stands ready to assist the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis where necessary.